The Belmont Abbey baseball team scored all three of its runs in the ninth inning, but the rally came too late in the game to overcome the early deficit, falling to the University of South Carolina Aiken 7-3 in the first of a three game series at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Abbey drops to 4-4 while the Pacers improve to 5-2.
The two teams wrap up the series Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Abbey's offense generated a base runner every inning but was not able to put a rally together until the ninth. Aiken starter Derek Beasley held the Crusaders hitless through six until Kennan Stanley recorded the Abbey's first base hit with an infield single in the seventh.
Anthony Dimino added to the hit column with a single to right in the eighth.
The Crusaders doubled their hit total in the ninth as they scored three runs. Stanley led off with a single to left. Adam Venditti was hit by pitch followed by Levi Wright's walk that loaded the bases. Michael Falsetti and Dimino then drew back to back RBI walks. Weston Clarke's RBI single scored Wright, but a groundout ended the game.
Cody Stull was charged with the loss after he allowed five runs on ten hits in six innings, striking our five and walking two. Beasley allowed one hit over six and two-thirds innings, fanning seven and walking five to get the win. Kevin Gifford earned the save after recording the final out.